Haryana chief minister Manohar Lal Khattar, on April 5, 2018, announced increasing the financial limit for according administrative approval, for estimates of developmental works in urban local bodies in the state.
According to an official release, now, the commissioner of a municipal corporation will have the power to accord administrative approval, to estimates of up to Rs one crore, instead of Rs 50 lakhs earlier. Similarly, the municipal corporation would have the power to accord administrative approval to estimates of above Rs one crore to Rs 2.50 crores, instead of Rs one crore earlier, it said.
The director of urban local bodies would have the power to accord administrative approval to estimates above Rs 2.50 crores and up to Rs three crores, instead of Rs one crore earlier, whereas for estimates above Rs three crores, the power to accord administrative approval would rest with the administrative secretary of the Urban Local Bodies Department, the release said. The municipal council would have the power to accord administrative approval to estimates up to Rs 25 lakhs, instead of Rs 10 lakhs earlier. The deputy commissioner of a district would have the power to accord approval to estimates of above Rs 25 lakhs to Rs one crore for urban local bodies.
While reviewing the progress of development works, the chief minister directed the Urban Local Bodies Department that roads in 163 sectors of Haryana Shahari Vikas Pradhikaran, which has been transferred to the department, should be repaired well before the onset of the rainy season. Khattar also told the department to set up an online system, for installation of advertising boards in the municipal areas of the state. On this, the principal secretary of urban local bodies Anand Mohan Sharan, apprised the chief minister that a provision has been made in the policy, according to which, the hoardings would be installed only through e-tendering process.
Khattar also announced enhancing of the monthly minimum wages, of contractual sanitation workers in the municipalities, from Rs 8,100 to Rs 11,500. The chief minister said the practice of carrying out sweeping works during the night in Karnal, has been very successful and got tremendous response from the public. He directed the department to start similar practices in all municipalities across the state. He also told the municipalities to enhance their own source of income, through land monetisation and innovative funding. It was informed in the meeting that work of Rs 782 crores was in progress under the Atal Mission for Rejuvenation and Urban Transformation in the state and funds to the tune of Rs 1,126 crores, were likely to be incurred during the financial year 2018-19 under the scheme.